SC seeks Punjab govt’s reply in Sahiwal tragedy

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Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday sought a reply from the Punjab gov-ernment into Sahiwal tragedy, in which four people were gunned down by the CTD personnel in 2019.

A two-member bench of the SC comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Yahya Afridi while hearing a case related to bail of a cop named in a murder case, asked about the action in the Sahiwal tragedy.

“Innocent people were gunned down on a phone call in front of children,” remarked Justice Isa.

Unable to understand what the Punjab government and police are doing, he added.
The additional prosecutor general Punjab responded that the case is under-trial at the high court.

Justice Qazi Faiz Isa directed the additional prosecutor general Punjab to present a report on the Sahiwal tragedy.

In January 2019, four people, including two women, were killed in a shady encounter involving the Punjab police’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) on a highway in the Qadirabad area of Sahiwal district on Saturday noon.

The CTD officials maintained that a car was signalled to stop along with a bike near Sahiwal Toll Plaza but the alleged terrorists resorted to firing, adding that three terrorists were able to flee away.

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